This is the Vermont bird report for Friday, May 28, 2004 covering the period
May 21 – May 28, 2004.

            Thanks in part to the birders participating in the Vermont
Institute of Science’s Birdathon, there were lots of interesting sightings
this week.

            COMMON LOONS were sighted at Button Bay on Lake Champlain and on
Woodward Reservoir in Plymouth.  May 22 was a good day for RED-NECKED GREBES
in Vermont.  Three were seen on Lake Pinneo in Quechee, with one lingering
all week at this location, and a RED-NECKED GREBE in Button Bay, also on the
22nd.  A PIED-BILLED GREBE was observed in Thetford Hill on May 22nd and at
Gillette Pond in Richmond on the 23rd. At Woodward Reservoir a
DOUBLE-CRESTED CORMORANT was reported on May 26th.

            An AMERICAN BITTERN was seen in Thetford Hill on May 22nd, and a
LEAST BITTERN on Grand Isle on the 24th.  One GREAT EGRET was sighted on the
22nd in South Burlington near Overlook Park along the bike path, and another
was seen in the Mallets Creek marsh where it crosses Interstate 89.  Three
GREEN HERONS were seen along the Diamond Run Mall Nature Trail in Rutland on
May 27th.  A BLACK-CROWNED NIGHT HERON was seen on May 22nd in the wetland
south of Cheese Factory Road, where Muddy Brook crosses Route 116, as well
as at the mouth of the LaPlatte River at Shelburne Bay.

            A SNOW GOOSE was seen in Button Bay on the 22nd of May. BRANT
were sighted in two locations this week, a pair flying over Rouses Point
Bridge (spans Lake Champlain near Alburg)  on May 23rd, and one on Woodward
Reservoir on the 26th.  A pair of GADWALLS were spotted on Shelburne Pond on
May 22nd.  A NORTHERN SHOVELER was seen at the Mississquoi National Wildlife
Refuge on May 23rd. Three RING-NECKED DUCKS were observed at Lefferts Pond
in Chittenden on the 22nd.  Although more commonly seen on Lake Champlain
during their migration south in the fall, 55 WHITE-WINGED SCOTERS were
spotted at Lake Pinneo in Quechee on the 24th of May.  Numbers decreased
during the week, but 14 remained on May 26th.  An uncommon COMMON GOLDENEYE
was sighted on Woodward Reservoir on the 26th.  Several COMMON MERGANSERS
and their young were seen in Vermont this week.

            An OSPREY was sighted in Middlebury on May 24th, and an immature
BALD EAGLE was seen catching and eating a perch in Milton on the 22nd.  Also
on the 22nd a RED-SHOULDERED HAWK was seen perched at Horn of the Moon Pond
in East Montpelier.    A PEREGRINE FALCON was observed at Snake Mountain
Wildlife Management Area near Addison on May 24th.

            A VIRGINIA RAIL was sighted at Kent Pond in Killington on May
26th, and a SORA in Thetford Hill on the 22nd.  A COMMON MOORHEN was seen at
Herrick’s Cove on the 22nd.
            A rare spring visitor, the BLACK-BELLIED PLOVER, was sighted at
Kent Pond on May 26th.  Two SEMIPALMATED PLOVERS were sighted in Richmond on
May 21st, ten on the 22nd at Pompy Flats and in Norwich, two on Grand Isle
on the 24th, and 6 were present at Pompy Flats on the 26th of May.  On May
22nd, one GREATER YELLOWLEGS was seen in Shelburne Bay and a LESSER
YELLOWLEGS was seen along Hinesburg Road.  A SOLITARY SANDPIPER was spotted
on the 22nd of May on the road to Basin Harbor, and on the 24th on Grand
Isle. The increasingly rare UPLAND SANDPIPER was seen at the Berlin Airport
on May 22nd. Two LEAST SANDPIPERS were observed in Richmond on May 21st, one
at Berlin Pond, ten at Pompy Flats, twenty in Norwich on the 22nd , 4 in the
wetlands where Muddy Brook crosses Route 116 on the 22nd, and two on Grand
Isle on  May 24th.  A SHORT-BILLED DOWITCHER was sighted in a farm pond on
the road to Basin Harbor on the 22nd. A BONAPARTE’S GULL was seen over the
Connecticut River from Ledyard Bridge on the 26th. 250 COMMON TERNS were
seen at Popasquash Island in St. Albans on the 26th, and 75 at Block Island.
130 nests were found.  Last week 36 BLACK TERNS (!) were observed at
Mississquoi National Wildlife Refuge, and on the 27th of May, 4 were seen in
Button Bay.

Judging from the number of Eastern Tent Caterpillars, it should come as no
surprise that BLACK-BILLED CUCKOO sightings have been numerous this week.
They have occurred in Taftsville, Norwich, Woodstock (VINS Bragdon
Preserve), and Grand Isle.  A YELLOW-BILLED CUCKOO was seen en route from
Plymouth to Woodstock on the 26th of May.

            An EASTERN SCREECH OWL was found in Norwich on May 22nd.
WHIP-POOR-WILLS were calling in Brandon this week, and COMMON NIGHTHAWKS
were seen and heard in Brandon on the 23rd and over Lake Fairlee at twilight
on the 26th of May.  Two BLACK-BACKED WOODPECKERS were seen at Victory Basin
on May 22nd.

            Flycatchers were much in evidence this week.  ALDER FLYCATCHERS
were sighted in the West Rutland Marsh and on Grand Isle. WILLOW FLYCATCHERS
were reported from West Rutland Marsh, along the Diamond Run Mall Nature
Trail in Rutland, Lake Pinneo in Quechee, and on Grand Isle.  Two
YELLOW-BELLIED FLYCATCHERS were seen en route between Plymouth and Woodstock
on the 26th.   GREAT CRESTED FLYCATCHER reports came in from around the

            A YELLOW-THROATED VIREO was seen near Woodstock on the 26th of
May, and two PHILADELPHIA VIREOS were spotted at Snake Mountain in Addison
on the 25th.  A colony of CLIFF SWALLOWS was discovered on a barn in Goshen
this week, and 3 were seen over the Connecticut River from the Ledyard
Bridge on the 26th of May.  SWAINSON’S THRUSH was observed in Norwich and
Victory Basin on the 22nd of May.  Three BICKNELL’S THRUSHES were found on
Shrewsbury Peak, and three near Kent Pond on the 22nd.  A BROWN THRASHER was
seen on Grand Isle on May 27th.   Seven lingering BOHEMIAN WAXWINGS were
sighted in the Burlington area on the 24th of May.

            It was a good week for BLACKPOLL WARBLERS in Vermont.  They were
seen and heard migrating northward in Plymouth, at VINS in Woodstock,
Hartland, Chittenden, Essex, Middlebury, Norwich, Burlington, South
Burlington, Colchester, Cornwall, Brandon and Bristol.  A BLUE-WINGED
WARBLER was seen in Mendon on the 23rd of May. TENNESSEE WARBLERS were seen
along Forest Road #32  in the Ripton-Goshen area, in Essex, Norwich, and
Victory Basin. A CAPE MAY WARBLER was reported from Grand Isle on May 24th.
A CERULEAN WARBLER was sighted on the 22nd in Rochester, and on the 26th at
Brigham Hill in Essex.  A MOURNING WARBLER was seen in the Ripton/Goshen
area on the 22nd of May, as well as in Thetford, Victory Basin and in the
Plymouth/Woodstock this week. A WILSON’S WARBLER was seen at the VINS North
Branch Nature Center in Montpelier on May 22nd, in Mendon on the 23rd  and
Bristol on the 26th.

VESPER  SPARROWS were seen at the Franklin Airport on May 23rd as well as
GRASSHOPPER SPARROWS, which were also see at the Berlin Airport on the
22nd.  LINCOLN’S SPARROW was seen at Victory Basin on the 22nd.
CLAY-COLORED SPARROWS, which have been known to nest on Grand Isle, were
observed there on the 25th and 27th of May.

            EVENING GROSBEAKS were present at VINS in Woodstock this week,
as well as in Victory Bog.

            There were two sightings of ORCHARD ORIOLES  this week, one on
the 22nd at Herrick’s Cove (a first year bird) and one on the 27th on Grand

            Birth announcements were made this week by CANADA GEESE, WOOD

 Thanks to the following contributors whose observations were cited above:
Greg Askew, Graham Bates, Andrea Burke, Deborah Clark,  Don Clark, George
Clark, Mark and Martha Coutermarsh, Chip Darmstadt, Sue Elliott, Steve
Faccio, Spencer and Doug Hardy, Richard Harlow, Larry Hills,  David Hoag,
Mary Holland, Eric Hynes, Matthew Kemp, Mark LaBarr, Dan Lambert, Ted Levin,
Lily and Ace, George Lisi, John Lunde, Kent McFarland, Scott Morrical,
Ronald Payne, Brian Pfeiffer, Rick Renaud, Roz Renfrew, Chris Rimmer, Steve
Saunders, Bill Shepard, Ruth Stewart, John Sutton, Henry Trombley, Sue
Wetmore, Ian Worley, Aaron Worthley

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